ATTENTION-The sleepy, under-aroused college student

Studenten met ADHD verhoogd risico om studie niet af te ronden. Bij ADHD sprake van een laag arousal niveau, lage mate van continue alertheid. Lees meer in deze blog!

The Being Well Center

When we think about ADD/ADHD in a college student, we can easily imagine how impulsivity, distractibility, short attention span, problems with following through with directions, poor organizational skills, weak task/time management and procrastination, can wreak havoc on her success.  What may not come to mind, however, is one of the most common attentional weaknesses that contribute to college failure – low arousal level.

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So what is low arousal level anyway?

Well, at a very basic level, we must maintain a certain level of alertness in order to pay attention and regulate our behavior.  Arousal level refers to how awake and alert we are at any point in time.  Based upon our clinical experience with thousands of patients, we have found that many individuals with ADD/ADHD have a low arousal level; they are not alert and sufficiently awake to pay optimal attention.  This statement can be confusing to some…

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